Hillary Clinton, In Jerusalem, Says Israel Lacks Empathy For Palestinians
12/04/12
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Nov. 30 accused Israel of being suspicious of Palestinians and showing a “lack of generosity” and “lack of empathy” to them, saying there is “more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds.”

“I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion,” Clinton said at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington, DC.

Reacting to Israel’s new construction plans in E1, a crucial strategic area just east of Jerusalem, Clinton said, “In light of today’s announcement, let me reiterate that this administration—like previous administrations—has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace.”

Regarding the 2010 Israeli concession of a partial construction freeze in the West Bank, Clinton said she was not fully satisfied with that move.

The secretary of state said “there are more and more Israelis and Palestinians who just reject that idea out of hand: Why bother? Why try? We’ll never be able to reach an agreement with the other.” Clinton did acknowledge that over the last 20 years, she has “seen Israeli leaders make an honest, good-faith effort and not be reciprocated in the way that was needed.”

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12/15/2012 - 19:00

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How can Hillary Clinton run for president any organization with behavior like that. A leader is a concialator not a divider. Her daughter married a Jewish man . How insulting can she be. She doesn't deserve to be supported by the American Jewish community. Who is going to back Hillary's campaign if she runs for the presidency?

Mrs. Clinton is trying to win points with the Arabs. She has never been understanding so the Jewish question. Her knowledge of the Hebrew bible, the peole and the psychology of the history is poor and backward. the more you try to keep us out of our homeland the more we will find ways to protect it and support it. It is the story of Esau and Jacob,Ishmail and Izaac. Brothers fighting and G-d deciding who would be a better choice.

I asked the Jewish population not to vote for Obama and especially to keep in mind that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was no friend of ISRAEL . Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg, former president Rabbis for Romney. The ISRAELIS KNEW THAT Romney was better for Israel.

This shows that Hillary is not a true friend of Israel. Remember she only got 55% of the Jewish vote in her Senate race in 2000. Jews would do well in considering her record before voting for her in 2016. Do the Palestinians even the "moderate" fatah faction ever show empathy Jews. I don't think so.

i donated a substantial amount to hillary's 2008 primary campaign. after reading about her comments i'm glad she didn't get the nomination. however, i would really like to know how much of these comments reflect her own view and how much they reflect obama's view. or is that question redundant?

Thank you Jewish Week for printing my earlier comment. Too many people give Hillary a pass on her performance which I believe she doesn't deserve. She wants to occupy top positions of leadership. She needs to prove to the public that she is qualified.

I find Clinton's statements, as quoted in this article, ignorant, highly offensive and shameful. Do we really have to recite the long, long, entirely too long history of Palestinian, i.e. Arab rejection of negotiating and making peace with Israel? How could Israel possibly make peace with the Pals given their open contempt of the Jewish enterprise in the region and their predisposition to violence? The United States needs better leaders. People who know what they are doing and can think outside the box. Clinton is no such leader.

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